Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said she wore it as an “anti-Gloria Allred” as a badge of honor.
Allred is a well-known lawyer for women’s rights, but Rotunno was not worried about the moniker. “I wear that as a badge of honor, 100%,” Rotunno said of the For the Defense with David Oscar Markus podcast. Host David Markus said he has heard she has been named a legal Rottweiler. “Hey, I’ll take all that,” she replied. “I am sorry. I accept that I am sorry. I am a soft, kind man. But I regret it when it comes to standing up for what I believe in. ”
Weinstein was charged with rape and sexual assault. In February 2020, he was convicted of two philosophical sexual offenses and acquitted of three other counts, The New York Times reports.
Donna Rotunno was getting a massage when Harvey called Weinstein
Rotunno shared what happened when she received the call about Weinstein’s case. “So I got a call from a friend who asked if I would be interested in talking to Harvey,” she told Markus. “It was like Tuesday and I was on my way out of the office when I got the call. ”
“And I was on my way to a dinner I had to go to,” she said. “And I said, ‘Well of course, I’m willing to talk to anyone.’ Of course I had to meet with him before I decided to get involved in something like the Harvey Weinstein case. I said ‘Sure I’ll talk to him.’ ”
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison and Rotunno sentenced “obscene,” “obnoxious,” and “heartbroken.” CNN reports. She said Weinstein did not get a fair test.
“That number (23 years) spoke to the pressure of public movements,” she said in March. “That number did not speak to the evidence that came out of court,” she said.